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Everyone has their opinion on when is the best time of day to meditate. Many thought leaders have their favorite way, but is it the only way? Obviously not. I have found that the most important thing is that you are taking time out of your day for solitude to recenter and bring peace to your heart and mind. When people ask me if they should meditate in the morning or in the evening, the answer for me is, both! I do not believe that it should be one time of day versus another time of day.
Meditation in the morning before you get out of bed helps to set the tone for the day. I make sure that before my feet hit the floor in the morning that I wiggle my toes, stretch my body, take a deep inhale and say a prayer of gratitude for the privilege and gift of another day. After that, I get quiet and connect with God asking what I am to do for the day. I love the simple prayer in as taught by Marianne Williamson that says “Where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say, and to whom?”
This prayer helps me to stay focused and gives me a sense of greater purpose throughout the day. I don’t know about you, but I need to feel like there is a purpose greater than myself in what I’m doing because it keeps me on task. This meditative prayer also allows you to set the intentions for the day. When you live without intention and purpose, you can easily become distracted by the events of the day and never really accomplish the things that you desire.
The evening, before bed is equally important to meditate. I never go to sleep to the television, but only to soft meditative music or silence. This is because the subconscious mind is particularly vulnerable during sleep. What you plant in your mind before bed, will affect your life. This is a great time to read positive affirmations, pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the day, to forgive yourself and others for things that may have gone wrong and to dreamscape your life. Once you begin this day and night practice for a period of 30 days, I want you to record the positive experiences that you begin to have and write me to let me know about them. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, there’s no time like the present to begin.